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Lambs put spring in children’s step

A pupil at Greatham Primary School feeds one of the spring lambs that were brought into class

A pupil at Greatham Primary School feeds one of the spring lambs that were brought into class

YOUNGSTERS were left bouncing with enthusiasm after a village school welcomed two spring lambs.

Excited children at Greatham Primary School got the opportunity to feed two newly-born lambs by hand when they were brought into class.

It was part of the school’s work around animals that children have immersed themselves in during the last term.

A nearby farmer provided the lambs that are being hand reared after their mother died.

And they went down a storm with the five and six-year-olds in Year 1 and 2.

Class teacher Michael Piper said: “We are currently looking at farms and the animals that live on farms and how we need them for food.

“We have been doing lots of fact finding and thought it would be good for the children to actually see some animals from a farm.

“We asked a local farmer if he could bring some in.

“It was brilliant. The children had a go at feeding them from a bottle in class.

“They were being hand reared as their mother had died.

“The children loved it. It gave them lots of ideas for what to write about afterwards.”

Greatham isn’t the only place where children can see spring lambs up close.

The nearby RSPB Saltholme reserve will be hosting their Lambing Live event during the Easter holidays.

It is free to the public and as well as watching the new-borns arrive, there will be lots of craft events.

The event runs from Saturday, April 5, to Monday, April 21, when visitors can see the lambs in the lambing shed.

 

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